Tumbling Cenarth Falls
The charming community of Cenarth, located on the A484 between Newcastle Emlyn and Cardigan.
This village huddled around its spectacular falls, is a real beauty spot. The falls, a multitude of shallow drops cascading over rock and boulders, producing a spectacular series of waterfalls punctuate the River Teifi as it tumbles to its estuary at Cardigan Bay.
When the height of the river allows, tranquil riverside walks provide perfect views of these cascades of water. It is here that the salmon, migrating upstream, can be seen leaping as they negotiate their way through this challenging water every year.
Alongside the river stands a flour mill, which is steeped in history, the building retains its cast iron and timber wheel once powered by the falls. The building now houses a collection of antiquities on display to the public. In the grounds of the mill is located the National Coracle Centre where the process of building the boat is illustrated. Coracle fishing is an intrinsic part of Cenarth's culture and long history. The coracle, an ancient form of water transport, is a small and shallow boat with a basketwork frame made of strips of Willow or Ash which are then covered with calico or canvas impregnated with pitch or tar. A coracle can weight between 25 and 40 pounds and are carried on the shoulders. Propelled by the use of a paddle, these coracles are still used on the river today, working in pairs their skilled fishermen stretch a net between them trapping salmon and sea trout (Sewin).
This photograph illustrates the force of water tumbling over the rocks during what are effectively fairly low water levels.